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April 15, 2015

Former University leaders honored

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The University celebrated the life of internationally known physicist Robert Sproull, the seventh president of the University, at a memorial service April 6 at the Memorial Art Gallery. Sproull was credited with maintaining major advancements in University programs and facilities as president, including providing critical fundraising leadership. He also led the creation of the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Sproull died Oct. 9, 2014, at age 96.

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The Eastman School honored former director Robert Freeman (second from right) for his longtime service to the school and to the Rochester community by naming the atrium of its Sibley Music Library in his honor. Freeman also received an honorary doctor of music degree during the April 7 event. Freeman was named director of Eastman in 1972. Over the course of his 24-year tenure, he hired many faculty members, oversaw renovations and new construction, spearheaded tours and recordings by the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia with major artists, and was instrumental in the development of Rochester’s Cultural District. He’s pictured with Daniel Zager, associate dean of Sibley Music Library (left); President Joel Seligman; and Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music.

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